(Closed) Hawaii ‘experts’ – What’s the shortest amount of time you’d recommend?

posted 9 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
1509 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010


I also live in LA and am actually flying to Maui with my Darling Husband on Saturday for 10 days!!

Honestly, I wouldn’t go for less than 7 days… but if you must go shorter, I would do as long as you can to stay there.  To my knowledge, you can only get a direct flight to Honolulu (I wouldn’t recommend, – it’s a big city with a ton of traffic, just like LA), Maui (my personal fav – beautiful, relaxing, lots to do, but also a very small island so you can see a lot in a short amount of time), and Kona (the big island) – also very beautiful, but I haven’t been since I was younger so I can’t speak to this – my parents love it and go twice a year every year to the big island.  If you go to another island, you must have a layover and that adds on a lot of time to the trip.  I would recommend the direct route. Even with a direct route, the flight as you mentioned is 6 hours.  Add in the amount of time to get to the airport, sit there (props to you if you are able to carry on), rent a car (car rental is a must on any island), and checking into your hotel, most of your day is gone.

Typically, most airlines only have 2 flights a day out of LAX, one leaves around 8:00am and the other leaves around 2:00 pm.  Make sure to get the 8:00 am flight.  Otherwise, you will not get into Hawaii and check into your hotel until the night time.  At least you can get your bearings and enjoy the day if you get in earlier.

PS Costco has AMAZING deals for full package trips – flight, hotel + car.

Post # 5
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I loved Hawaii when my hubby and I went there for our honeymoon. We stayed 6 nights/7 days on Maui. We flew nonstop from Dallas to the Maui airport, it was about 8 hour flight. We rented a Jeep and did pretty much everything you could do on Maui in the 7 days that we were there. It would be SO hard to only be there for 3 days. It would almost be like a teaser. As much as I love Hawaii, I would suggest that you go when you can spend a longer time there since there is so much to see and so you can soak up all that Aloha spirit! 🙂

Post # 7
288 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We went on vacation to Kauai this past October for 17 days! OMG it was so awesome!!! I love Kauai because it’s not as commercial as the other islands. It was really relaxing and easy going. I don’t know what kind of Honeymoon you are looking for, but Kauai, in my opinion is great for lovers. There isn’t a whole lot of night life and most business are closed by 11, including the taxi service. The natives are friendly and and the views are fantastic!

Post # 8
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve heard Kuaui is breathtaking, gorgeous, etc. That was our second choice, but we decided on Maui because there are more activities, sightseeing, etc. I’ve heard Kauai is the place to go to relax and do nothing. It’s much smaller and definately not as populated as Maui. My Hubby and I are going to go to Kauai or the Big Island next time we go. My brother and sis-in-law LOVED Kauai when they went, they liked it much better than Maui. We decided on Maui to do all the “touristy” things to get them out of the way. My Hubby is much busier on vacations than I am. I only got 1 day to relax on the beach on Maui! We were snorkeling/driving/shopping the rest of the time! lol.

I’m not sure about Lanai… I don’t think there is hardly anything to do on Lanai other than relax on the beach. Don’t take my word on that though.

Post # 9
6659 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I just got back from a 4 day trip to Hawaii and I live in NYC!! We didn’t even have a direct flight, either.

I would recommend staying longer just so you can visit other islands. But for us, we were visiting family so the 4 days were fine.

We also flew to Munich recently and only stayed for 5 days, it was an 8 hour direct flight. HOnestly it was totally enough time, we saw the entire city and did 2 excursions to other countries and any more time just would have meant more $ we had to pay.

Post # 10
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@oracle: I think a 4 days trip is possible, but be prepared.. you will feel seriously gypped!

Kauai is my FAVORITE!  I think it’s the most beautiful and relaxing island!  Oahu has the most going on.. but if you’re coming from LA, I doubt that’s what you’re looking for.  If you do decide on Oahu, stay outside of town (not Waikiki).  Maui for me is.. meh.. My parents have a home there, but I think it’s just a mix between Oahu and Kauai.  It has some night life, shopping and touristy things like Oahu, but it isn’t as pretty as Kauai.  Since you only have a short window of time it would probably be a good pick.  I know for a while a few carriers were flying directly into Maui so you should look into it.

For a 4 day vacay I’d do Maui.. Stay somewhere on the beach and DEFINITELY go snorkeling around Molokini.

If I had 7+ days I split them between Oahu and Kauai..  Oahu does have fabulous beaches.  If you go there, head out to Kailua.  It’s gorgeous!

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